When news comes pounding in from far and wide
Bombarding us with rapid tragedy
So violence and death is all we see
And hammered home to us from every side
Some thrive on indignation, even rage
Though nothing’s changed by anger, tears, or sighs,
Or clenching up, besieged, and closing eyes
Or claiming now’s the worst of any age.
But other things are real and happen too
There’s still more good than bad, more love than greed,
Much less reported, but remaining true.
Please don’t despair, look round, and help with need,
There’s science, art, and good work still to do,
Act where you can, reach out, and plant a seed.
25th July 2016